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Instant Pot Apple-Bourbon Pork Tenderloin

Juicy and tender instant por pork tenderloin served with sweet apples and bourbon sauce. Don't forget to check out our step by step photos and tips in the post above!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 - 6 servings
Calories 466kcal


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 1 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 2 apples cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. molasses
  • Arugula to serve


  • Set a 6-quart Instant Pot to saute; add olive oil and butter.
  • In a small bowl, stir together salt, pepper, brown sugar, and smoked paprika.
  • Sprinkle pork tenderloin evenly with salt mixture.
  • When oil mixture is hot, add pork to Instant Pot. Cook until browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove pork; set aside.
  • Add onion and apple to Instant Pot; saute 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add bourbon and vinegar to Instant Pot; stir to release browned bits.
  • Press Cancel to reset Instant Pot. Return pork to Instant Pot.
  • Place top on Instant Pot; twist to seal and lock. Turn Steam Release Valve to “sealing.”
  • Set Instant Pot to cook at High Pressure for 7 minutes.
  • After cooking is complete, let pressure release naturally (approximately 10 minutes). After
  • that, manually release the pressure by turning the Steam Release Valve to “venting.”
  • Remove pork from Instant Pot. Press Cancel to reset Instant Pot; stir in molasses.
  • Saute apple mixture until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  • Spoon apple mixture onto a platter; top with arugula and sliced pork.
  • Drizzle with any remaining juices.


  •  If your pork tenderloin is too long to fit in the Instant Pot, cut it in half.
  • I prefer Pink Lady or Gala apples for this recipe; they hold their shape and color best when cooked.
  • If cooking with alcohol isn’t your thing, substitute apple cider or unfiltered apple juice for the bourbon.
  • Be sure to let the pork rest for about 5 minutes to give the natural juices time to reabsorb into the meat.
  • For an extra treat, sprinkle the finished pork with crispy cooked bacon.


Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 572mg | Potassium: 867mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 537IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg